This quote of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan first led me to a deep thought and some serious questions ultimately confined me to the territory of chaos and confusion. Does our education system obey the above said words! Are we always looking forward! Do we really study the subjects of value! Well! A student can better narrate the present plight of education system of Kashmir: a victimized system it is, not evolved with time. It is wedded to the traditional ways where a student is terrorized by exams.We still mean education as an age group limited to classroom and nothing beyond it. Our textbooks contain outdated stuff. Instead of pushing the students to think hard, they limit the creative thinking and thus arise no curiosity in students.
The necessary evil called cramming of information has long last dominated this holy system.We are customized to memorize math formulas, chemistry lessons, history and other stuffs which only makes us ready to attempt an exam and get a good grade.Who knows what happens after the ultimate jump of electron into the nucleus! Maybe weve to stomach this till our syllabus copies direct us to teach and learn further. Honestly speaking most of the knowledge taught in classrooms is ineffectual for later on professional activity of students. In examinations we are not invited to explore a particular problem but to check our cramming power and most of the information evaporates right after taking the tests, killing the creative ideas of learnersand simple problem solvers no longer exist. Our syllabi still insist us to carry out worn-out practicals like formation of Co-ordination complexes in chemistry, identification of specimen in zoology, soil study in geology etc.
When will this stop! Students of Business become an easy subject of loss because they are hardly critical thinkers. A student of Psychology or Pol science is reading it because he/she wants to be a teacher or professor of it but not a Psychiatrist or Political scientist. Isnt it questioning the lack of motivation among our students? Of course, we need a teacher, a professor for future learners but we need practical problem-solvers too. I just mentioned above that the system is victimized, rather I feel it is boring and sleepy that went into hibernation a long ago and yet to come out of its cocoon. In such situations progression in science and technology is just crying for moon. Now it is the time to appreciate new ideas and dont lag behind to bring the derailed educational system back on track. Whosoever is at the helm of affairs of Education should devise a plan to inspire students for real problems to prepare human resource for future Kashmir. This will in turn lessen the number of drop-outs as well because this practice will connect every student with real time stream of opportunities. Interaction of students with students of other states should be encouraged. Textbooks should be designed in such a way that every time we read it, new ideas should come out of the text.
These books should genrate curiosity and force a student to think hard. Let teachers also create an image of a classroom, full of energy and curiosity which is very dear to all students.They should not only teach different subjects, they should also adorn learners with knowledge of life: acts of self-controlling, how to be yourself, how to act in a discussion, leadership skills, how to deal with basic things in our lives and prosper in life. These are things that we should know by the time we are fully mature so that we can move on with our lives with hope and confidence. Their mission should be to create innovative brains from junk brains. Moreover, Personality development and moral education should top the list. During our undergraduate studies we dont even have an iota of idea of research. Kashmir University should sponsor brief practical project for every college each year. So many architectural sites are in Kashmir but not a single researcher is undertaking research on them. Rather the domain of their history has been limited to the likes of Rajatarangis. Here only a negligible number of students are pursuing their research on dark-matter, Robotics, Nano technology, and neurosciences. Rather these are deemed as unviable subjects. We need to develop infrastructure for such research based activities.
Well the word Research Scholar itself explains the very person. They should not be like plagiarists (not all) as Dr M S Khuroo, an eminent scientist said a few months ago. Nothing but diversified ideology and intellect should speak through them. Agreed that we cannot synthesize any new element or develop a vaccine against Zika but our quality research can become a reference for some ground-breaking research. Dont you think we urgently need versatile education that would help us to discover ourselves, yes! Because Allah, The Almighty has ordered our last Prophet (pbuh): Tell them, travel on the earth and see how He made the first creation. (29:20)
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